Virginia Cops Claim Superhuman Marijuana-Sniffing Abilities
Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, April, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
Police officers in Chesapeake, Virginia, have developed the ability to smell marijuana in cars as they cruise down the highway, even when the police have their windows up. Or, at least, according to a report in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot this week, that's what they are claiming.
[image:1 align:left caption:true]"We drive our patrol car with the vents on, pulling air from the outside in, directly into our faces," Officer Barrett Ring said late last year in court during a preliminary hearing, according to a transcript of the proceedings. "Commonly, we'll be behind vehicles that somebody in the vehicle is smoking marijuana, and we can smell it clear as day."
Smelling the odor of marijuana would create probable cause to stop and search a vehicle. Ring said police would follow a car until there were no other cars in the area so they could make sure it was indeed that vehicle from which the odor of weed was emanating.
Defense attorneys and civil libertarians are pronouncing themselves mind-boggled by the claim.
"The idea that police can drive behind a car and smell marijuana is preposterous," said Assistant Public Defender Matthew Taylor. "What do we need drug dogs for if (police) can drive behind cars and smell marijuana?"
The police were claiming powers verging on the "supernatural," he said.
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